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Which phonetic alphabets represents the sound of 'u' in words like 'truck'? My real name includes written 'sam' but it is read as 'sum'. So I want to know what could I write between s _ m to make it clear?

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  • A "letter" or "character" is something like "a" or "ɐ" . They are not alphabets. An alphabet is a list of all the letters in a language. "abcdefghijklmopqrstuvwxyz" is one alphabet. Don't mix up "letter" and "alphabet". – James K Oct 24 at 7:12
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Which phonetic alphabets represents the sound of 'u' in words like 'truck'?

It varies from accent to accent.
It might be open-mid back unrounded vowel, represented by /ʌ/ or near-open central unrounded vowel, /ɐ/.
Most varieties of English use /ʌ/ (also called STRUT vowel) in the word 'truck' i.e. /trʌk/.
If your name rhymes with 'sum' then you could transcribe it [ˈsʌm] or [ˈsɐm]

Some other words that have /ʌ/ are luck, gut, cut, strut etc.

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    If you are in the United States, very few people will be familiar with the International Phonetic Alphabet, so /sʌm/ will not help people pronounce your name. It might be better to simply write (pronounced like "sum") after your name. – AndyB Oct 24 at 1:39
  • @AndyB: I assume you wanted to leave this comment on the question..?? I answered what was asked (.."phonetic symbol...") – Void Oct 24 at 4:02
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    Yes, I think your answer was excellent. But because the OP added "to make it clear", I thought it possible that they really wanted to know how best to communicate the pronunciation of their name to people they came in contact with. And the IPA might be useful in Europe, but less so in the US. – AndyB Oct 24 at 4:13

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